No luck for F1 stars at kart event

There was no luck to be had by Formula One stars taking part in yesterday's Granja Viana kart race in Sao Paulo, as victory went to Christian Fittipaldi's team. Ferrari's Brazilian pair of Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Massa, previously four-time...

There was no luck to be had by Formula One stars taking part in yesterday's Granja Viana kart race in Sao Paulo, as victory went to Christian Fittipaldi's team. Ferrari's Brazilian pair of Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Massa, previously four-time winners of the 500 mile endurance event, could only manage thirteenth. Williams' Juan Pablo Montoya and ex-test driver Antonio Pizzonia finished a lowly seventeenth.

Montoya's team, which also included Danilo Dirani and Paulo Carcasci, had an early lead but suffered throttle problems, while Barrichello had to stop for an engine change on only lap seven. Rubens and Massa's teammates were Marco Andretti and Tony Kanaan. Also taking part were Alex Zanardi, who finished fourth and former Ferrari tester Luciano Burti, who claimed sixth.

"Even taking into account the engine problems on lap seven, and our starting from seventeenth on the grid -- factors that conditioned the whole race -- we did our best right to the end, without ever giving up," said Barrichello.

"I have to say that I am pleased and extremely proud of my pal Alex Zanardi who came fourth with his team. I will do everything I can to make Alex come to Fiorano to try out a Ferrari on the track. Now I just want to think about the break that I will spend with my family and friends. We will see each other again at the winter tests."

Massa, who rejoins Sauber in 2004 after a year of testing with Ferrari, was somewhat disappointed. "Certainly last year's race was luckier," he said. "Engine problems, problems with the clutch cable, brakes and other stuff -- this was not our year!"

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , Williams